Unsurprisingly, it took only a very short time from Christine Shawcroft’s election as Chair of the ‘Disputes Panel’ of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) – responsible for disciplinary matters – for the Labour right and its Establishment allies to start spreading allegations that Ms Shawcroft had immediately ‘used’ her new position to quash charges of antisemitism pending against some Labour members.
Fellow – and Jewish – NEC member Rhea Wolfson reacted with outrage against the smear. In an angry series of tweets she criticised the ‘shame’ and ‘dishonesty’ of those responsible for starting it and those who carried it, before pointing out the harm it does to the genuine fight against antisemitism:
The SKWAWKBOX asked Ms Shawcroft for her own version of events. She told this blog:
It’s absolutely not true. There were several different reports, there were debates on whether to refer them for training or straight to NCC.
The officers’ recommendations were agreed in some cases, amended in others. Each time the majority vote on the committee was carried out. I didn’t vote on any of them because I have a casting vote.
These rumours are the attempts of anonymous ‘centrists’ – who should indeed be ashamed of themselves – to stir trouble for their own ends.
The facts tell a very different story and make clear that Christine Shawcroft acted entirely properly and did nothing untoward to influence the Disputes Panel’s decisions on the disciplinary issues.
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